High school

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries of Victoria

Victoria is home to three Migratory Bird Sanctuaries which - along with Important Bird Areas and Ecological Reserves - make up our vibrant "Nature Hood." This amazing CRD-produced resource describes what a MBS is and maps out the different protected regions of our community. Most important, it describes how we can be stewards of our MBS. This resource packages features the general MBS info-sheet as well as information on each of the three individual sanctuaries. Visit www.sanctuaryproject.com for more information!  

Creatures of the Summer Night

Check out the nightlife of Swan Lake! Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and other nighttime creatures. Using a grab bag of tricks we’ll discover how these animals are adapted to their nocturnal life.Suitable for families with children over 6 years.   $4 each for Sanctuary Members / $6 each Non-Members.

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Beach Life Bingo

This fun activity harnesses and focuses student energy on the beach into a learning experience. Students use full-colour bingo cards to find and identify local beach creatures. All photos were taken in the intertidal zone of Mayne Island, BC by Stephanie Hurst.

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Introduction to Dichotomous Keys

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of taxonomy and the classification of living things (how, why). The concepts are reinforced through the creation and use of their own dichotomous keys, first in the class using a basic example and then outside using local plants.

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Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: Caterpillars and Adults

This excellent reference guide to butterflies and moths of the Pacific Northwest contains pictures and descriptions of both caterpillars and adults for most of our common species. Produced in 1995 by the United States Department of Agriculture, this one is a keeper.

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Introduction to Entomology: The Collection and Observation of Insects

This lesson is an introduction to insects and entomology.  Students make their own insect traps, leave them out overnight and examine their catch the following day. A PowerPoint is also available to assist with discussion and to introduce Entomology to students using local examples. See the other files associated with this resource.

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Exploring Insect Movement and Behaviour

Lorquin's Admiral

Using real-life insects, students perform a series of experiments to see which environments or food the insects like best. Students learn about the mechanics of insect movement.

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Dendrochronology: The Study of Tree Rings

tree coring

This lesson introduces students to the study of tree rings, and provides hands on experience with survey equipment used in the forestry industry. This activity quickly became a student favorite and is now a lesson we repeat with each new group of students.

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